NJPW World Tag League Finals Preview: The Elite Returns, Will Ospreay Back In Action, Tournament Finals & More Announced


The 2018 NJPW World Tag League wraps up this Sunday in Iwate, Japan with a great looking card streaming live on New Japan World at 1AM ET. This will be the last significant show before the promotion kicks off the oncoming New Year at Wrestle Kingdom 13.

New Japan has confirmed that Will Ospreay, who has been out of action healing up from injuries, will return to the ring in a #1 contender’s match against Suzuki-Gun’s Taichi. Hirooki Goto will also defend the NEVER Openweight Championship against Kota Ibushi, potentially setting up the rumored bout between Ospreay and Ibushi for the Tokyo Dome.

The main event of the show will feature the two highest point-getters from the World Tag League — the IWGP World Tag Team Champion Guerrillas of Destiny and Los Ingobernables de Japon’s EVIL and SANADA — battling it out in the tournament finals. If the LIJ members can defeat the reigning champions, it is likely they will receive a championship opportunity at Wrestle Kingdom 13 as well.

Finally, in a preview for their matches at Wrestle Kingdom 13 (have we said “Wrestle Kingdom 13” enough yet, because this show is basically a giant hype package for Wrestle Kingdom 13) Kazuchika Okada and Jay White will captain teams, while Kenny Omega and The Elite take on Hiroshi Tanahashi and his team.

Here’s the final match card:

— Togi Makabe, Toa Henare, Ayato Yoshida & Shota Umino vs. Manabu Nakanishi, Yuji Nagata, Satoshi Kojima & Hiroyoshi Tenzan

— Michael Elgin, Jeff Cobb, Chuck Taylor & Trent Beretta vs. Suzuki-Gun (Minoru Suzuki, Takashi Iizuka, Lance Archer & Davey Boy Smith Jr.)

— Tomohiro Ishii & Roppongi 3K vs. Suzuki-Gun (Zack Sabre Jr., Yoshinobu Kanemaru & El Desperado)

— Hangman Page, Yujiro Takahashi & Chase Owens vs. Los Ingobernables de Japon (Tetsuya Naito, Bushi & Shingo Takagi)

— CHAOS (Kazuchika Okada, Kushida & Toru Yano) vs. Bullet Club (Jay White, Bad Luck Fale & Taiji Ishimori)

— Hiroshi Tanahashi, Juice Robinson, David Finlay & Ryusuke Taguchi vs. The Elite (Kenny Omega, Young Bucks & Marty Scurll)

— Will Ospreay vs. Taichi

— Hirooki Goto (c) vs. Kota Ibushi

— Guerrillas of Destiny (Tama Tonga & Tanga Loa) vs. Los Ingobernables de Japon (Sanada & Evil)